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Help! How do I decide which nappy to buy?

At Nappy Ever After we know it’s overwhelming to look at nappies on the internet so we offer nappy demonstrations at our shop.  However not all of you can visit so here’s a post to replace or precede your visit.

The most important thing to say is that most people use disposable liners with reusable nappies.  It’s just a thin piece of durable paper which catches most of the poo.  This means most of the nappies you put in your washing machine are merely damp.   

At Nappy Ever After we stock all types of reusable nappy but a limited range of products; those we trust and get the best WOM from our customers.  

There are 3 main questions to ask which help narrow down the choice of which nappy to buy.  How much drying space do I need?  Synthetic or natural?  Can I fold a nappy?

How much drying space do you have?  If the answer is ‘very little’ you should rule out bamboo fitted nappies – they take up to 36 hours to dry.  However the Tots Bots Bamboozle is a very absorbent nappy and you may choose to have a couple of these for nights/long journeys.  These waterproof Pull-ons go over the top.  You need one waterproof to 4 nappies.  The birth-to-potty Simply Lite wrap also works well over this nappy.   The Disana wool pull-on is the natural alternative.  As an alternative to the bamboo fitted nappy you might choose the organic cotton Dimple.

Do you like synthetic or natural fabrics?   If you like easy-clean, quick drying synthetics you can go for a pocket nappy with microfibre inserts.  We stock bumGgenius (with snaps) and Miosolo (with velcro).

If you like natural (cotton or bamboo) you need to go for a 2-part system (the nappy is separate to the waterproof cover.)  The nappy can be fitted.  We stock the Flannel Fitted (organic cotton) and Dimple.  You need a waterproof wrap or pants to go over the top.  The rule is 4 nappies to one waterproof wrap.

Please note your baby will feel damp in a cotton or bamboo nappy.  Most babies don’t mind this.  The advantage is that it may stimulate your baby to experiment with holding and releasing her/his bladder which may mean s/he finds learning to control her/his bladder easier.  However you can use a reusable fleece stay-dry liner in the nappy if  your baby likes/needs to feel dry.

Can I fold a nappy?  In our experience most people think this sounds too difficult but when they put one on our doll at the shop or look at this video they often change their minds.  If you can fold a t-shirt fairly neatly you can put a flat nappy on a baby.  You can find more videos on You Tube.

We sell bummis organic pre-folds.  Of all the nappies we stock, they are the most versatile, durable and economic.  Again you need a waterproof wrap over the top (1 wrap:4 nappies.)  A sized/perfect fit wrap also holds the nappy in place or you can use a  Nippa (the modern replacement of the safety pin) if your baby is a wriggler.  If you use a Nippa all the time to close the nappy you can use a Disana wool or Bummis Pull-ons.

When your baby is a few months you will start using the very simple fold.  The pre-fold nappy can then be used with the super smart gPant: a favourite with many of our laundry customers.

Other flat nappies that need folding are terries and muslins.  We don’t sell terry squares or safety pins.  You can get those at Boots.  However you can get the best muslins from us – unbleached, organic by Disana.

You notice I haven’t asked about your budget?  What’s most important is that you buy the nappy that’s right for you.  If you buy everything new most systems turn out from birth to potty to cost about £250 (although a Terry system is probably more like £100.)  The good news is you don’t have to buy everything all at once.   You can start by buying a few nappies to try and build up a stash based on your own experience of using them on your baby.

Worried about the nappies being bulky?   We stock a super slim-line nappy for you!  It’s the Flip.  These come with microfibre or organic cotton inserts/nappies.  The microfibre ones don’t need much drying space and entail no folding.

How many nappies will I need?  The rule is that you need three days worth – two days of nappies will be in the wash and drying, one day’s worth of nappies will be clean and ready to go.  You may use 5-10 nappies per day.  If you have twins you don’t need to double as you will wash more frequently.

You will also need some accessories.  Most people like to use single-use liners.  These catch the poo so it doesn’t go in your washing machine.  You also need a bucket with a lid for storage (we are out of stock at the moment but most pound shops stock them.)  Mesh laundry bags are great.  They go inside the bucket and then you simply lift the bag out of the bucket and put the whole thing in the washing machine.

Put them on a rinse cycle first.  Then add a small amount of detergent.  For babies under 6 months wash at 60 degrees.  If you use a sanitizer, such as Mio Fresh, you can use a low temperature wash cycle.

Washable wipes will save you lots of money.  They also reduce waste and are great.  You can just tear up an old sheet.  But if you prefer you can buy a Cheeky Wipes Minikit.  There’s no need to peg them out to dry.  When they come out of the washing machine they just go back in the pot with fresh water.  A bag comes with the kit so you just grab a handful of the damp wipes to take out with you.

Still can’t decide? Buy one of our Special Bundles of 8-11 nappies, lasting 24 -36 hours.  When you run out you use disposables until they’re clean and dry and ready to use again.  They all work well but you can then top up this bundle with the ones you like best according to your experience.

If you want to see and feel these products before you buy arrange to visit one of our workshops.  What’s important to us is that you get the right nappies for you and really love using them.  We are happy to courier our Special Bundles anywhere in the UK but please allow 10 days for delivery due to our low staffing levels.

If you found this post helpful please share.  If you have comments/testimonials please add.  The idea is to help more people discover and love reusable nappies.

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Back to local deliveries and ‘Click & Collect’

For the moment we are just doing local bike deliveries of on-line orders; Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets and Camden.  Alternatively you can arrange to pick up from our shop which is 10 mins walk from Old Street.  If you really want an order sent to you please phone or email before you make the order. We may be able to send by courier but we just need to to make it clear, we are not Amazon!

This is a quality of life issue.  We know that just-in-time deliveries and repeated missed deliveries are an environmental issue, especially for London air quality.  We don’t want to be contributing to that problem.

If you want Bummis or Rockin Green delivered there are stockists all over the UK.  You can find them here.

Why we are not at the #Baby Show

The Baby Show is on and we are often asked why we don’t attend.  The reason: the events company that runs the Baby Show also holds arms fairs. Of course they call them Defence & Security shows.  As far as we’re concerned they help arm both sides of conflicts and make money from it. Our customers shop with us because they want to make the world a better place for their children.  We believe our customers would not want us to give money to a company like Clarion Events even if it attending its Baby Shows would bring our nappies to a wider audience. Are we right?  Tell us what you think.

Love Nappy Ever After giveaway #rnw2014

Show the love for Nappy Ever After! Come into our shop during Friday 25 April and Saturday 3 May (during our extended opening hours of course!), take a photo of your favourite product that we stock, post it on our Facebook timeline (you can tag us but Facebook doesn’t let us see these tagged posts so make sure you post it on our timeline) and you could win a prize! Over the last few months, we’ve been adding loads of new products to our range – have you seen the MioSolo pocket nappies (new prints on their way!), the new Tots Bots Binky nappies and the organic clothing by Pigeon Organics and Little Green Radicals. We know what we’d pick, what about you?

Loads of nappies to choose from

Loads of nappies to choose from

Image courtesy of Mamma italiane a Londra. Only those photos we can see on our timeline will be eligible to win (see above). We’ll select one winner on Tuesday 6 May and will let the winner know on Wednesday 7 May. Depending on how many entries we get, we’ll give away one or more products!

Remember to ask us about #passportpursuit and the other #realnappyweek competitions this week!

Try out cloth nappies this #rnw2014

We’ve updated and discounted our super popular Nappy Ever After trial packs this Real Nappy Week! #rnw2014 #realnappyweek

We know that people want to try cloth nappies to decide what best suits them and their lifestyle. We know that the different types can be confusing. We’ve simplified the options so you can try different types of nappies with ease. All of the nappies in our trial packs work exceptionally well and you will continue to use them, whatever nappies you prefer after the trial.

Each pack contains eight nappies which is enough for around 24 hours depending on whether you’re starting from newborn, from six months, or anywhere in between or beyond.

  • Flat nappies – organic cotton prefolds
  • Shaped/fitted nappy – bamboo shaped nappy
  • Pocket nappy  – choose from two recognised name brands
  • Waterproof wraps for flat and shaped nappies
  • Disposable liners to suit your baby’s age

All nappy trial packs are available for instore pick-up only. Visit us this Real Nappy Week as we’d love to demo the nappies for you.

Newborn, infant and older baby trial packs can be see here. Prices are 20% off the RRP for the individual items so a great deal too! These packs are our suggestions but when you come into the shop, you can pick and choose what you like best.

See you this Real Nappy Week 28 April to 3 May!

Real Nappy Week 2014

Real Nappy Week 2014

Want Bummis or Rockin Green delivered?

If you want to buy Bummis or Rockin Green products and you can’t pick up from our shop then order from one of the following, preferably the one closest to you so you can reduce your carbon emissions from on-line shopping – if this extreme weather doesn’t make us focus on our impacts, what will?

Please ask your favourite shop to sell Bummis and/or Rockin Green if they don’t already.

My Creche – Crouch End, sells bummis

Twinkle, Twinkle – Reading, sells Bummis

Mother’s Little Helpers – Cambridge, sells Bummis

Ecobubba – Nottingham, sells Bummis

Karavan Eco – East Dulwich, SE22, sells Bummis liners

Nappy Geek – sells bummis and Rockin’ Green, Lewisham

Nappy Bliss – Sells bummis and Rockin’ Green, Southampton – with shop

Fill your pants – Leicester, sells Bummis

Washable Nappy Company – Kent, sells Bummis and Rockin’ Green

Clean Green Nappy Machine – Hebden Bridge sells Bummis and Rockin’ Green

Funky Monkey Pants – Cornwall, sells Bummis and Rockin’ Green

Babipur – Gwynedd, sells Rockin’ Green

 

The last 10 years & party plans!

As you heard from Joy yesterday, Nappy Ever After turns 10 years old on 28 March 2013.

Nappy Ever After shop

Nappy Ever After shop in the early days

We started as a very local cloth nappy laundry service in 2003, with the Chalton St shop premises taken on in May. As our customers moved to home-washing, we added more nappy brands and accessories to the shop, always on the look-out to stock ethical and organic items. In 2008 we started distributing Bummis, a Canadian ethical brand of cloth nappy, in the UK. In 2010, we launched our online shop. We’ve run Nappuccinos in Hackney, nappy demos all over Camden and Islington and started a nappy agent scheme for Londoners. And in the past year, we’ve begun to offer casual yet informative parenting classes for Londoners.

Nappy Ever After Nappuccino postcard

Nappy Ever After Nappuccino postcard

We promote waste minimisation, green initiatives and familial parenting – all this while continuing to provide face-to-face cloth nappy and parenting advice every week.

Over the last 10 years, we’ve adapted and changed our offering to meet the needs of the parents who come through our shop door or who we meet over the phone. In doing so, we’ve bucked the trend and continued to service the cloth nappying needs of Londoners and indeed some further afield.

Come and celebrate with us on Sunday 24 March from 11.30am to 2pm at Coram’s Fields. There will be a cloth nappy fashion show at 12noon; email alice@lcrn.org.uk for details.

Arthur Potts Dawson supporting cloth nappies at a Climate Week nappy fashion show

Arthur Potts Dawson supporting cloth nappies at a Climate Week nappy fashion show

Bring yourself and your children, something to sit on and some food to share. There will be food and drinks but any contributions of salad and cakes will be welcome. Please let us know if you’d like to run an activity session for children such as football, yoga, music-making, circus skills, etc.

We have booked the band room so there will be lots of space for games and if the weather’s good we can play outside too.

We would love to see as many of our lovely supporters from the past 10 years, especially our almost 10-year-old real nappy babies!

If you can’t come, we want to thank you for your support. Without you, we couldn’t have done it!

Joy and the NEA team